Gardening tip: Repotting houseplants

Lift houseplants from their containers to check for root-bound specimens that need repotting. Use fresh potting mix and a container two inches larger to rehouse plant. Tease out and trim roots, and cut top growth if necessary. For seriously pot-bound plants, use a garden hose to remove old soil before trimming and manipulating the roots.

Adrian Higgins

Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."
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